If two New Orleans City Council members successfully block Councilwoman Stacy Head from nominating her choice of successor to a temporary term representing Uptown-based District B, Mayor Mitch Landrieu ought not reward their efforts by selecting someone different, several Council members said Thursday.
Allan and Danae would have liked to written this week about the continued fallout of President Obama’s support for gay marriages, the ongoing impact of Greece’s debt on the European Union (Danae is of Greek descent) or the importance of the first bowling alley to the recreational needs of the worn-torn citizens of Kabul Afghanistan (Johnny Blancher please take note).
But we can’t get to any of that because of the ongoing local controversies involving the proposed downtown taxing district (which the French Quarter residents hate and Mitch says he needs to get ready for Super Bowl and beyond), the proposed new stadium at Tulane University and the big mess (let’s all admit it – it’s a mess that everyone is to blame for) that has gotten way out of hand at the City Council.
Tulane University has filed suit to block an Interim Zoning District that gives the City Planning Commission authority to review its plans for a new stadium, and is proposing a series of three university-led community forums on different aspects of the project, officials announced.
In what police and community residents are hailing as another major victory in the fight against crime in Hollygrove,
the city Alcohol Control Board voted unanimously Tuesday to revoke the alcohol permit permanently for Big Time Tips, a lounge at the corner of Eagle and Edinburgh streets that has been the site of repeated bloodshed over the years.
The public comment period ends Thursday on Tulane’s proposal to demolish two buildings on Zimpel Street for use as construction-staging areas for the FEMA-funded rooftop expansion of the Howard Tilton Library, according to the website for the project.
Submitted for your approval, a young, mild-mannered New Orleans female who manages a store on Magazine Street. She lives happily in an apartment in the rear of her shop, interacting with neighbors and contributing to the fabric of one of New Orleans’ great commercial corridors.
Alas, this poor girl is about to come face to face with a place where reason and good manners have are given no quarter, a place we call…. The “Passive-Aggressive Neighbor Zone.”
In an annual effort to take guns off the street, city, police and church leaders will pay cash for guns starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at Little Zion Baptist Church, 4821 Earhart Boulevard.
The city is considering auctioning off a century-old fire station on Laurel Street and a vacant lot in Broadmoor for what would likely be a residential renovation, but the City Planning Commission must first hold a hearing Tuesday on the prospect of releasing the publicly-held property into private hands.
Over the past few days, New Orleans has played host to several “Jane Jacobs walks” in which residents walk or ride bicycles in their neighborhoods to better appreciate ground-level interactions between residents and businesses. These are a show of solidarity against isolation and atomization that often permeates modern society, and, a celebration of older, denser urban development schemes.
For decades, Freret Street was a thriving commercial corridor in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, but the murder of Bill Long in 1984 in front of his bakery was a “death knell” that sent the street into a spiral of decay and neglect, said Andy Brott and Lauren Anderson, two guides for about a dozen people Saturday morning on a “Jane Jacobs Walk” to discuss the history and evolution of the street.
After years of work by community leaders, the destructive flooding after Hurricane Katrina and a permissive rezoning, the corridor suddenly sprang back to life with a flurry of new restaurant openings over the last two years, and Saturday’s walk served to explore some of the factors that led to the renaissance.
Amid escalating concerns about dark neighborhood roads creating hideouts for criminals and hazards for drivers, Mayor Mitch Landrieu pledged this week to repair every streetlight in New Orleans by the end of 2012, according to our partners at WWL-TV.
An acrimonious presentation by Tulane supporters that included insinuations of corruption and racism did little to derail the New Orleans City Council’s creation Thursday of a new review process for the proposed Tulane football stadium and other major construction projects on university campuses.
Tulane University is one of New Orleans’ finest institutions, biggest employers and a national leader in education. But the proposed new Green Wave stadium has riled up Tulane’s neighbors like never before.
Also never before has a member of the New Orleans City Council (in this case District A Councilwoman Susan Guidry) challenged Tulane in defense of its neighboring residents, many of whom are deeply concerned about how plans for the proposed new Green Wave stadium will affect them.
District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry will propose a new ordinance Thursday that would require major college campus construction projects — such as the football stadium Tulane plans for its Uptown campus, which has generated significant opposition along Audubon Boulevard — to be reviewed by the City Planning Commission. Tulane has issued a statement in response decrying the idea as “an unnecessary, unfair and discriminatory reaction to complaints from a neighborhood organization that is really focused on Tulane’s planned on-campus football stadium,” and includes opposition from Loyola and Xavier leadership on the grounds that it could delay all manner of construction projects.
For more on the issue, see reporting by Scott Satchfield of our partners at WWL-TV.
“You might beat the rap, but you won’t beat the ride.”
That’s what she told me. She was right, of course. I was being stubborn, doing something I normally advise people not to do: resting on my rights and the fact that I was doing absolutely nothing illegal. So like a mule, I stayed put on the corner, doing nothing and minding my own business.
Errol T. George will be appointed Thursday to serve as the City Councilman for District B after Councilwoman Stacy Head takes the oath of office Wednesday as the council’s new at-large member, the city announced Friday morning. He will not be eligible to run for the seat on a permanent basis in the fall.